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Facing West by turbofanatic Facing West by turbofanatic
This was supposed to be a quick sketch to figure out Madcapís head. Supposed to be.

It's a boring side view and whatnot, but I still kinda like it. I had to redesign his head because even though Iíve drawn gunhead cyborgs for years Aaron Beck started doing a really similar design. And since heís a heck of a lot better and well known, everyone will start claiming I copied him.

Iím not saying he stole from me, the dudeís an excellent concept artist. I just donít want to deal with that. I've had similar problems before and it's no fun.

This was probably all for the best anyways, because I realized that I was drawing cyborgs from 2070 with equipment that looked like it came from 2011. This didnít really make sense, so I revamped him to work better with the technology of the time period. The larger black circles on his head are laser lenses, capable of deflecting incoming projectiles, transmitting information, painting targets for laser guided bombs, and plain old laseriní stuff. The smaller dots are his eyes (seriously, look how small the camera in your phone is, this is just a continuation of that trend).
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Love it...Really digging the "realistic" laser apertures and the pinhole optical ports. Something disturbing about the way his head is planed off just above the jaws but then abruptly kinks upward just behind that. Like there's something missing, but...not.

Just to slop your hogs, did you see this Aaron Beck video?
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Further iterations ought to push the "wrongness" of the facial shape. I've been toying with the thought of removing all human influences (just the mouth for this one) but sometimes it seems more effective to give the brain a "hook" to help it start processing it as human and then give it nothing else!

Of course I spent yesterday in a museum full of amazing African masks, so I might end up changing everything again! It'll be a long time before this guy ends up in the comic anyways.

Ah yes, Keloid. I love it for showing off Aaron Beck's work in motion and Amon Tobin's music, but Yudkowsky is a horrible drooing waste of carbon that I could rant about for hours.
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kepper Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ever thought about doing a feminine looking chassis?
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, and voila! [link]
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kepper Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome. I really want to sit down and sketch these kind of things with you, biomechanical warfare ftw.
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AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
What's the jaw for?
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lots of things! They're capable of subsisting on human food (at least temporarily) so they need something to chew with. The teeth also serve as a handy cutting surface. Plus they look freaky.
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AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Ah, so that's what it comes down to :D . Shades of WWII shark planes: [link]
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The logic works well in the lens/eye design, and the aesthetic is, as usual, uniquely your own. Things without full craniums do give me the creeps...
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BigOrca107 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
sexy

You may want to look up aaron beck if you don't know him already, he's a concept artist for weta workshops and he draws some sick robots, androids and junk
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seconding this! Aaron Beck is crazy good.
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Marty-Party Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think his head looks less like a gun and more like a car engine, which would look pretty cool considering the many many lasers you could fit onto the Y-ish shape you could fit onto a traditionally shaped car engine.
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mailn6 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Fantastic!

Lasers rock, by the way :meow:
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QuazarShark Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
How you manage to make something essentially a perforated anvil thing on top of half a skull look actually vaguely sexy I will never understand. Maybe I am ensnared by that muscular neck.

I like your gun-faced guys, but I can see your point. I don't actually know the artist you mentioned, but I can see that having a gun for the top half of your face is something that other people might come up with too. This design seems a lot more unique, and I think I like it just as much.
Plus lasers. Lasers are always cool.
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, it probably comes from the fact that I learned how to draw almost entirely by referencing sports cars. There's a lot of care that goes into the design of sports cars to make them look, well, sexy despite the fact that they're just machines. For the life of me I can't describe how to do it (I'm doing this intuitively and with a lot of practice behind it) but there are ways to grab people's eyes with weirdly sexy lines on things that normally wouldn't be attractive at all!

That's ummm, the best explanation I can come up with :slow:

Aaron Beck's work is great, check out his site! [link]
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Naw, his stuff looks obviously appleseed-inspired. I like the direction you've taken this though!
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